The initial design for the Amphicar—a contraction of Amphibious and Car—came from German racer and engineer Hans Trippel, who in 1932 began work on an amphibious vehicle for Volkswagen, the Schwimmerwagen. After the war, Trippel adapted his Schwimmerwagen design into a production, leisure vehicle that would be built under the Amphicar name by Industrie-Werke Karlsruhe AG (IWK), a subsidiary of Deutschen Waggon und Maschinenfabriken GmbH (DWM), which had previously manufactured Luger pistols before the war.
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